Dallas 2012 - Larry Hagman as JR EwingAmerican awards The Emmys announced earlier this week they’d be celebrating the work of James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg during the CBS gong show, however the exclusion of Jack Klugman and Larry Hagman has left many baffled.

The tributes to the recently departed creatives will be in addition to the traditional ‘in memoriam’ segment which will cover all those from the showbiz industry who have died in the past twelve months.

One of the most vocal about the inclusion of a relative newcomer to the acting world over a three-time Emmy winner such as Klugman is Adam Klugman the son of the late actor.

I think it’s criminal… My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days.

It’s an insult and it really seems typical of this youth-centric culture that has an extremely short attention span and panders to only a very narrow demographic of young adults – Adam Klugman quoted by NBC.

Klugman senior became a household name not just in the states but also in the UK through hit series such as The Odd Couple and and Quincy M.E. Ceremony producers have defended the inclusion of Glee star Cory Monteith over the likes of Larry Hagman; who first rose to major popularity with television audiences in 1960s sitcom I Dream Of Jeannie before becoming an international megastar thanks to big budget drama Dallas.

I do think when people see this [Monteith tribute], they’ll see that there’s kind of a message involved and what we’re saying about him, they may revise some of this early unfair advance criticism – producer Ken Ehrlich is quoted by NBC.

Cory Monteith on TwitterThe Cory Monteith tribute will be presented by Glee co-star Jane Lynch while James Gandolfini of The Sopranos fame is remembered by Edie Falco, Rob Reiner will pay homage to Jean Stapleton, Johnathan Winters is celebrated by Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox will pay a tribute to producer of Family Ties Gary David Goldberg.

Monteith is the youngest to feature in the tributes and the only one never to be nominated for an Emmy. The Glee actor died earlier this year aged 31 from a drugs overdose.

The event should be first and foremost about recognizing a body of work. In that respect, the Emmys needs to aspire to timelessness, demonstrating its relevancy whether being watched on the night of the telecast or 20 years later. The way to ensure it resonates both now and in the future is to stick to the accomplishments of the talent or the production. It’s about what has been achieved — not what could have been. – Editor-in-Cheif (digital) of Variety Andrew Wallenstien observed.

However readers of Variety seem to disagree with *3,503 votes cast in favour of a tribute to Monteith with *2,347 votes against.

The Emmy Awards ceremony takes place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles tonight.

*Figures as of 13.45pm on Sunday 22nd September

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